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The second deploymentent consisted of concrete culvert pipe and concrete material, donated by the local Florida Department of Transportation. Total weight of this deploymentwas 75 tons. This second deployment was made possible by the contributions of local Taylor County organizations and private citizens. The collective group included the Florida Departmentof Transportation (Cindy Dunkle), the Taylor County Tourism Development Council (Dawn Taylor), the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club(Lou Graf, Richard McDavid and Jay Peacock), theTaylor County Reef Research Team (Jody Courtney and Mike McKinney), and land ownersGeorge Edwards and John Taliaferro who permitted the group to stage and load the materials. The coordinates for this reef are 29 38.441 North, and 83 54.748 West
Thanks to the Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee for posting this list early–and for hosting!
Fiddler Crab Lots of Spots February 15, 2014
Steinhatchee Community Tournament April 5, 2014
Florida Lure Anglers April 5, 2014
Elite Redfish Challange Opening Event April 12, 2014
UF Health Shands
Childrens Hospital Fishing for Kids April 26, 2014
Optimist Club of Perry May 5, 2014
Doug Johnson, Reeling for Kids June 14-15, 2014
Steinhatchee Nauti Girls June 15, 2014
Elite Redfish Challange Closing Event August 23, 2014
The waters at Steinhatchee have cooled (to the high 50s) and cleared! That means “silver” or “sand” trout have invaded the 5 to 6-foot flats between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach. These fish are better fighters than their spotted seatrout cousins and are actually better to eat. Generally, they’re smaller, but we’ve seen some 18-inchers come to the docks. And, in my opinion, they are better table fare, as they have no “protein deposits” (worms). Silver trout are also easy to catch, with most anglers using simple jig head/grub tail combinations, worked slowly along the bottom or under corks.
Trout are also showing up in the local deep-water trout holes. Anglers have caught a few spotted seatrout in Dallus Creek, north of Steinhatchee and in the river holes near marker #26 in the Steinhatchee River. In those places, plugs (MirrOlure TTs or Paul Brown Devils) or live shrimp moved slowly across the bottom work well.
The silver trout invasion should last a few more weeks, and the deep-water trout fishery will last through the winter month.
You don’t want to miss this event! With a guaranteed $3000 payout, there will be lots of competition but there are plenty of chances to win. Categories include the heaviest 5-trout stinger, big trout, big redfish, redfish with the most spots and heaviest “mystery” fish. The event kicks off with a 6:30PM Friday, September 7 Captains’ meeting at the Keaton Beach Marina. Fishing starts at safe light (30 minutes before sunrise) and weigh-in is scheduled for 3PM. Host marina is the Keaton Beach Marina.
The entry fee is $30 per angler, with registration from 5AM until 7AM at the marina. You may register at the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce the prior week. For more information, or to register, call either Capt. Ashley Mock (850-843-0566) or the Chamber of Commerce (850-584-5366).
Just in time for the start of the 2012 scalloping season, Florida Sea Grant has published the boat ramp and marina locator map, “Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach Areas.”
Inside, viewers will find a full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in southern Taylor County near Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach.
Fred Vose, the Taylor County Sea Grant extension agent who authored the publication, has included the latest educational information about scallops and scalloping, the recommended equipment scallopers will
want to bring, and a few tasty recipes for preparing Florida’s best summertime catch.
The information helps Floridians and visitors appreciate the important role these secretive bivalves play in a healthy near-shore environment, according to Vose. He mentions these nuggets of information:
- Scallops are simultaneous ‘hermaphrodites,’ which means they can
spawn as either males or females. A single scallop can produce
- more than one million eggs per spawn.
The scallop population in the Steinhatchee area is a core, stable population that supports a healthy, sustained crop almost every
year, and is the principal source of scallops for outlying populations extending far to the south and north.
- Though not required by current fishing regulations, researchers now recommend that scallops smaller than 1 1/2 inches in diameter should not be collected.
Free copies of the ramp and marina locator map for Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach are available in numerous marinas throughout Taylor County, the Taylor County IFAS Extension office in Perry, or by
contacting Florida Sea Grant, (email@example.com), (352) 392-2801.
Fred Vose, Taylor County Sea Grant Extension, (850) 838-3508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Zimmerman, Florida Sea Grant Communications Director (352)392-2801, email@example.com
Looks like the ‘big day’ is almost here! A grand opening ceremony is planned for 10AM on the 28th, and after that it’s time to start using the new ramp!
For the last couple of years, despite my loyalty to The Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee, I’ve been ‘down’ on recommending lodging there. The motel rooms at Paces’ Cottages across the street had become run down and while the lodging at the marina was somewhat better, it still lacked in amenities and decor.
One of the big problems with the Paces’ properties was that while the Sea Hag handled rentals, they didn’t own the place. Now the units are part of the Sea Hag Empire and thanks to owner Charlie Norwood’s spending some money and Audrey Switalski doing some decorating and painting, they’re really very nice. The rooms are cozy, and the new beds, linens, microwaves, flat-screen TVs and coffee-makers make them an excellent value for your next fishing trip.
There are five lodging choices that are actually on the grounds of the Sea Hag. One, the Ragin’ Redfish, is atop the Ship’s Store. The Mermaid Cove is located just to the west of the marina and offers dockage, a hot tub, and a ‘romantic’ 4-poster bed. The Grouper Shack, the Scallop Place and the Skallywag Shack have all been updated, too. Visit the Sea Hag’s Web site for details and rates. And don’t forget to make your reservations soon for scallop season!
The proceeds from this fun tournament benefits local Special Olympians, and is sponsored by the Taylor County Torch Run Committee. The entry fee is nominal: $30 for grownups; kids are free! The tournament waters include those in Taylor County (Steinhatchee to Aucilla) and the weigh-in is at Keaton Beach Marina. For more information, call the Perry Police Department at (850) 584-5121.
Take a look at the April 2011 Big Bend Action Spotter column in Florida Sportsman magazine and learn all about fishing the flats at Keaton Beach.
Keaton Beach is know for its great trout fishing and this month’s column has some good GPS numbers as well as tips and tricks.